Katharine, 1902–52, U.S. novelist and short-story writer.
a device made of bristles, hairs, wires, etc, set into a firm back or handle: used to apply paint, clean or polish surfaces, groom the hair, etc
the act or an instance of brushing
a light stroke made in passing; graze
a brief encounter or contact, esp an unfriendly one; skirmish
the bushy tail of a fox, often kept as a trophy after a hunt, or of certain breeds of dog
an electric conductor, esp one made of carbon, that conveys current between stationary and rotating parts of a generator, motor, etc
a dark brush-shaped region observed when a biaxial crystal is viewed through a microscope, caused by interference between beams of polarized light
(transitive) to clean, polish, scrub, paint, etc, with a brush
(transitive) to apply or remove with a brush or brushing movement: brush the crumbs off the table
(transitive) to touch lightly and briefly
(intransitive) to move so as to graze or touch something lightly
a thick growth of shrubs and small trees; scrub
land covered with scrub
broken or cut branches or twigs; brushwood
wooded sparsely populated country; backwoods
“dust-sweeper, a brush for sweeping,” late 14c., also, c.1400, “brushwood, brushes;” from Old French broisse (Modern French brosse) “a brush” (13c.), perhaps from Vulgar Latin *bruscia “a bunch of new shoots” (used to sweep away dust), perhaps from Proto-Germanic *bruskaz “underbrush.”
“shrubbery,” early 14c., from Anglo-French bruce “brushwood,” Old North French broche, Old French broce “bush, thicket, undergrowth” (12c., Modern French brosse), from Gallo-Romance *brocia, perhaps from *brucus “heather,” or possibly from the same source as brush (n.1).
late 15c., “to clean or rub (clothing) with a brush,” also (mid-15c.) “to beat with a brush,” from brush (n.1). Related: Brushed; brushing. To brush off someone or something, “rebuff, dismiss,” is from 1941.
“move briskly” especially past or against something or someone, 1670s, from earlier sense (c.1400) “to hasten, rush,” probably from brush (n.2), on the notion of a horse, etc., passing through dense undergrowth (cf. Old French brosser “travel (through woods),” and Middle English noun brush “charge, onslaught, encounter,” mid-14c.), but brush (n.1) probably has contributed something to it as well. Related: Brushed; brushing.
/ˌkæθəˈrɒmɪtə/ noun 1. (chem) an instrument used for the analysis of gases by measurement of thermal conductivity
n. “a form of polytheism characteristic of the Vedic religion, in which one god at a time is considered supreme,” 1865, coined in German by Max Müller from Greek kath’ hena “one by one” + theism. Müller also coined henotheism (1860), from Greek henos “one,” for “faith in a single god” as distinguished from exclusive […]
[kath-er-in, kath-rin] /ˈkæθ ər ɪn, ˈkæθ rɪn/ noun 1. a female given name: from the Greek word meaning “pure.”. fem. proper name, also Katharine, see Catherine.
[kah-tee-uh-wahr] /ˌkɑ ti əˈwɑr/ noun 1. a peninsula on the W coast of India. /ˌkætɪəˈwɑː/ noun 1. a large peninsula of W India, in Gujarat between the Gulf of Kutch and the Gulf of Cambay. Area: about 60 690 sq km (23 430 sq miles)